Genre: Erotic Romance
Too weak to resist young Kelly Benton's attempts at seduction, Rowdy Mackay left home eight years ago. Duty as a U.S. Marine put a safe distance between temptation and the nubile Kentucky vixen. Now he's back home and ready to engage in the kind of erotic games that have earned him and his two cousins a Nauti-boy reputation in three counties.
Once it was Kelly's dream too-to feel the heat of the boy she desired. But an attack from a stalker still on the prowl has left Kelly terrified of a man's touch. Now as fear and desire converge, Rowdy fights to save her from the deadly threats of a stranger, to rid her of her demons, and to satisfy a hunger more powerful than either can imagine.
Rowdy has been haunted by a girl from his past, a girl he wanted but could not have, so he joined the military to get away from the situation, but he decides that he can’t keep running from the past and it is time he returned home and faces the girl he holds in his heart. When Rowdy faces Kelly again for the first time in years, he sees that there is something different about her, the way he looks at him is why fear and when he finds out why she looks at him the way she does, he is infuriated and determined to help her;
“He wanted to kill the bastard who had hurt her. He wanted to wipe away the memory of her pain and fill it with pleasure...”Kelly is still living with the trauma of what happened to her and even though she knows in her heart that she can trust Rowdy and how much she cares for him, she finds it hard at first to let her guard down around him, though in time it turns out that Rowdy was the best thing to help her heal from her horrific past experience. I think Kelly’s vulnerability was well written but at times she just seemed a little on the whiney side to me, I couldn’t really connect with her as a character. The whole sharing fiasco between Natches and Dawg was frustrating and it was a little unbelievable especially with what Kelly is dealing with that she would have went along with it. The plot was interesting enough and kept my attention though most parts, it wasn’t bogged down with too much information in one hit and it didn’t feel like a chore to read.
Lora Leigh writes steamy love scenes like no one else I have come across, one of the best out there. Even though I am only giving this three stars, I do hope to read the others in the series sometime in the future. So if you are after a dominant, protective male lead and romance with a naughty side, then this one is a read for you.